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Have fun with contemporary techniques for flute! With a membership at flutecolors.com you can download practise material containing several contemporary techniques. Variations on well know flute exercises, traditional songs, but also modern pop songs. From Drouet and Bach to Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars.

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Easy/Medium

 118 Carnival de Venice

Through history many composers used this song to make variations. Now we have variations containing extended techniques! So find yourself a piano player and get started.

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Easy

 116 Tarantella Napoletana

This melody makes you smile. Play with humor and have fun!

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Easy/Medium

 112 All Through the Night

Playing two melodies as one player is a technique often used in Baroque music. Key clicks are perfect tools to practice technique. The regular notes are the melody and the key clicks the accompaniment. Your finger movement has to be very precise otherwise the key clicks will tell you.

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Medium/Difficult

 110 Morning is come

For me singing and playing feels magical. Singing and playing two different things at the same time is so much fun. Start with the first variation (first level). Get more challenged with the second variation (medium level) and third variation (difficult). Never a dull moment with this piece!

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Easy

 105 Au Claire de la Lune

Quartertones are fascinating. The fingerings often produce a different kind of sound. The intonation should be precise. Sometimes you have to help the note a little bit by bending the note down. Start with the exercise to get used tot he fingerings and to get the intonation right.

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Medium/Difficult

 102 Suite de Bransle

I had a lot of fun testing this piece with different groups. This piece feels like playing a game. Two to four players play one melody and make it sound like one player is playing the melody. A great challenge and a lot of fun. Adding extended techniques like tongue stops, wind sounds, flutter tongue and key clicks makes it complete. If there is one player who can play the altopart or bass part it makes it even more challenging. Good luck!

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Easy/Medium

 098 Italian Song

The arrangement of this Italian Song has 3 variations (and 3 levels). The key clicks in the first variation stimulate a precise finger movement. In the second variation the harmonics will activate the abdomen for a better sound. Because of the combination of key clicks with sound, the third version is more challenging. If your finger movement is not precise, it will show in this variation.

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Medium/Difficult

 094 Leise rieselt der Schnee

Leise rieselt der Schnee (the snow trickles softly). A nice melody to practise whistle tones. You can also play this arrangement as a trio. Not only the snow will trickle softly, the sound of the flutes should be very softly too. Whistle tones are very useful to relax the embouchure and work an a good and steady breath control.

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Easy/Medium

 081 English Country Gardens

The alternation between regular sound and pizzicato can be challenging at first. But once you get the hang of it, it is great fun. Very interesting co-ordination exercise.

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Easy/Medium

 075 Jim Wilson

In this duet you can learn to play with quartertones or just enjoy the sound like you are playing on a bamboo flute. Very useful to gain flexibility in the fingers, developing your aural skills and extending your sound pallet.

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